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Replacing Famous Blue Pine Trees Along the Kremlin Walls

Yesterday, when I arrived with my current clients at the Red Square, I was shocked when I saw the bare wall of the Moscow Kremlin. They had removed all of the majestic pine trees from the left side of Lenin's Mausoleum (between Spasskaya Tower and Lenin's Tomb) and I had a thought: were they going to remove even the Necropolis and Lenin's Mausoleum to restore the architectural style of Red Square to how it looked before the revolution?...

Posted on August 27, 2007

Fascinating Tour at Museum of Bells in Izmailovo Kremlin

On a recent visit the famous Izmailovo market (Vernisazh) with a client, we discovered, completely by accident, a special museum of Orthodox Church Bells located in the attractive wooden and brick towers of the spectacular Kremlin in Izmailovo which was built in old Russian style of architecture. We were especially lucky that we met Konstantin, a professional bell ringer with 17 years experience...

Posted on August 10, 2007

New Rules in Museums of Moscow Kremlin

From 18th of January 2007 the administration of the Kremlin's Museums announced the same prices for tickets for citizens of the Russian Federation (excepting students and veterans) as well as for foreign tourists. Also the Kremlin Museums announced that they would no longer permit private guides to offer guiding services to their clients on the territory of the Kremlin and Armory Chamber without a special "Tour Voucher"...

Posted on May 30, 2007

Kolomna Prepares to the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture

On 18th of May 2007, I was with my clients from Canada in Kolomna right before great event for this city - celebrations of the Day of the Slavic Literature and Culture which was on Saints Cyril and Methodius Day on May 24th. Cyril and Methodius, two Byzantine Greek brothers, were canonized in Eastern Orthodoxy as equal-to-apostles for devising and spreading the Slavic alphabet in the middle of 11th century...

Posted on May 27, 2007

Picture of a Day on My Birthday

I am currently working with my repeat client from Canada, Annie Budz, who came to Moscow on her vacation again, now with her sister younger Irina to discover more interesting sites in Moscow and its Region during two weeks (10-23 of May). Today is my Birthday, May 14th, and I decided due to this event to share one of the Best pictures of this Day at my website...

Posted on May 14, 2007
Organizing Photo Shooting for Photographer from Departures

Organizing Photo Shooting for Photographer from Departures

At the beginning of March (5th) I received a request from Lynn Frieda, freelance photographer living in London, who had been hired by "Departures" magazine to photograph a story for their October 2007 issue. This is going to be a special issue about Russia...

Posted on March 21, 2007
Justice - The Russian Style

Justice - The Russian Style

We had just passed the Resurrection Gates and entered Red Square from the North when we were stopped by two young policemen who asked for our papers. Living in Moscow, where from Soviet times there was always a strict policy towards visitors, I am used to this procedure, but honestly still don't like the process because you don't know how it could all end. . Unfortunately, a lot of Russian cops try not only to "Protect And Serve" but to find any petty irregularity and then give you a "hint" how this "situation" can be solved fast. Because nobody wants to be detained and then escorted to a police department where for the next 3 hours you have to make report and pay fines, the cops know that you will "pay" once they give you the "hint" how much and how to hand over...

In the Park of Repin After Heavy Snowfall

In the Park of Repin After Heavy Snowfall

This morning it was just another heavy snowfall in Moscow and, finally, I was able to make several interesting pictures with real winter landscapes during the day with my current client from Indonesia. During the last couple of days the temperature in Moscow raised to zero and the snow which fell before almost started to melt... I remember that yesterday were a lot of water on the roads and very dirty everywhere...

Posted on February 15, 2007

Walking Tour with Repeat Client on The Red Square

Today, on February 8th, 2007, I provided walking tour around a historical part of Moscow city including the Red Square for my repeat client from Germany, Romy Brock. It is her 6th business trip to Moscow and this time she found some spare time between her meetings to walk around the famous Moscow attractions together and take some pictures of our memories (tomorrow I have to see her off again)...

Posted on February 8, 2007
Cold weather in Moscow

Cold weather in Moscow

During last several days the weather in Moscow became very cold: last night it was about -22...-24 C and during the day - about - 15 C. I am very happy right now that recently I bought a very good winter coat, made in Finland by special "Valtherm" technology. They are using the best Thermal Insulator inside and Thermo Stretch fabric which all together provide the greatest thermo control, waterproofing and windproof characteristics. This coat is very warm, comfortable to wear, lots of pockets inside and outside, it is not heavy and it is soft to touch...

Posted on February 8, 2007

About Me in Short

Guide, Driver and Photographer Arthur Lookyanov

My name's Arthur Lookyanov, I'm a private tour guide, personal driver and photographer in Moscow, Russia. I work in my business and run my website from 2002. Read more about me and my services, check out testimonials of my former business and travel clients from all over the World, hit me up on Twitter or other social websites. I hope that you will like my photos as well.

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